|Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action - TED.com|
"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital... and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; design; sustainability; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Mick Cornett: How an obese town lost a million pounds - TED.com|
Oklahoma City is a midsized town that had a big problem: It was among the most obese towns in America. Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make his city a great place to work and live, it had to become healthier too. In this charming talk, he walks us through the interlocking changes that helped OKC drop a collective million pounds (450,000 kilos).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; health; TEDMED 2013; 2013
|Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world - TED.com|
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters! - TED.com|
Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; architecture; biology; cities; design; 2010
|Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky - TED.com|
New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; activism; arts; cities; culture; 2011
|Fahad Al-Attiya: A country with no water - TED.com|
Imagine a country with abundant power -- oil and gas, sunshine, wind (and money) -- but missing one key essential for life: water. Infrastructure engineer Fahad Al-Attiya talks about the unexpected ways that the small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar creates its water supply.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; agriculture; cities; food; technology; water; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Teddy Cruz: How architectural innovations migrate across borders - TED.com|
As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; design; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Liz Diller: A giant bubble for debate - TED.com|
How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; creativity; TED2012; 2012
|Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit - TED.com|
Once the powerhouse of America's industrial might, Detroit is more recently known in the popular imagination as a fabulous ruin, crumbling and bankrupt. But city planner Toni Griffin asks us to look again -- and to imagine an entrepreneurial future for the city's 700,000 residents.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; cities; culture; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia - TED.com|
Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxAtlanta; TED; Talks; cities; design; urban planning; 2010
|Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life - TED.com|
The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; activism; architecture; cities; sustainability; TED2014; 2014
|Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work - TED.com|
More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love -- and why it's important.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; TED2014; 2014
|Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City - TED.com|
Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing the Lowline, an underground greenspace the size of a football field. They're building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It's a park that can thrive, even in winter.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; New York; architecture; cities; TED@NYC; 2014
|Steven Johnson on the Web as a city - TED.com|
Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; cities; communication; community; design; global issues; politics; web; 2003
|Nate Silver: Does race affect votes? - TED.com|
Nate Silver has answers to controversial questions about race in politics: Did Obama's race hurt his votes in some places? Stats and myths collide in this fascinating talk that ends with a remarkable insight on how town planning can promote tolerance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; cities; politics; race; statistics; urban planning; 2009
|Jeff Speck: The walkable city - TED.com|
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car -- which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" -- by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; culture; design; transportation; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Eric Sanderson pictures New York -- before the City - TED.com|
400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; environment; history; life; nature; sustainability; technology; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's streets? Not so mean any more - TED.com|
"The work of a transport commissioner isn't just about stop signs and traffic signals," explains Janette Sadik-Khan, who was appointed to that role in New York City in 2007. In this funny and thought-provoking talk, she details the thinking behind successful initiatives to reshape street life in the 5 boroughs, including the addition of pedestrian zones in Times Square and the arrival of Citi Bikes...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; design; transportation; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously - TED.com|
Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; art; arts; cities; culture; data; design; technology; visualizations; 2011
|Jaime Lerner sings of the city - TED.com|
Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; cities; culture; design; green; humor; sustainability; transportation; 2007
|Candy Chang: Before I die I want to... - TED.com|
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; arts; cities; community; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Stewart Brand on squatter cities - TED.com|
Rural villages worldwide are being deserted, as billions of people flock to cities to live in teeming squatter camps and slums. Stewart Brand says this is a good thing. Why? It’ll take you 3 minutes to find out.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; business; cities; culture; future; global issues; poverty; short talk; technology; 2006
|Philip Rosedale on Second Life - TED.com|
Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale talks about the virtual society he founded, Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. It's a place so different that anything could happen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; cities; communication; community; computers; entertainment; entrepreneur; life; technology; 2008
|Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations - TED.com|
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; biology; business; cities; complexity; math; science; 2011
|Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city - TED.com|
How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; cities; design; future; technology; tedx; TEDxBoston 2012; 2012
|Steven Johnson tours the Ghost Map - TED.com|
Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; cities; culture; design; epidemiology; health; history; map; science; urban planning; 2006
|Catherine Bracy: Why good hackers make good citizens - TED.com|
Hacking is about more than mischief-making or political subversion. As Catherine Bracy describes in this spirited talk, it can be just as much a force for good as it is for evil. She spins through some inspiring civically-minded projects in Honolulu, Oakland and Mexico City — and makes a compelling case that we all have what it takes to get involved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; software; urban planning; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Daniel Libeskind's 17 words of architectural inspiration - TED.com|
Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; creativity; design; technology; 2009
|Ben Katchor's comics of bygone New York - TED.com|
In this captivating talk from the TED archive, cartoonist Ben Katchor reads from his comic strips. These perceptive, surreal stories find the profound hopes and foibles of history (and modern New York) preserved in objects like light switches and signs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; New York; art; book; cities; humor; 2002
|Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities - TED.com|
Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio -- and all cities -- into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city "smarter."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; cities; technology; urban planning; TED2012; 2012
|Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint - TED.com|
Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime -- and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; cities; community; global issues; government; politics; urban planning; TEDxThessaloniki; 2012
|Vicki Arroyo: Let's prepare for our new climate - TED.com|
Set aside the politics: Data shows that climate change is happening, measurably, now. And as Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty. She illustrates this inspiring talk with bold projects from cities all over the world -- local examples of thinking ahead.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; climate change; global issues; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities - TED.com|
How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need -- while reducing the time we spend in cars.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; collaboration; design; energy; environment; green; technology; 2011
|Iwan Baan: Ingenious homes in unexpected places - TED.com|
In the center of Caracas, Venezuela, stands the 45-story "Tower of David," an unfinished, abandoned skyscraper. But about eight years ago, people started moving in. Photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Glorious images celebrate humanity's ability to survive and make a home -- anywhere.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; creativity; culture; design; photography; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities - TED.com|
Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; cities; culture; food; global issues; 2009
|Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees - TED.com|
Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments -- and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich, founder of Boston's Best Bees Company, argues that urban beekeeping just might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; cities; global issues; insects; science; TEDxBoston 2012; 2012
|Steven Levitt analyzes crack economics - TED.com|
Freakonomics author Steven Levitt presents new data on the finances of drug dealing. Contrary to popular myth, he says, being a street-corner crack dealer isn’t lucrative: It pays below minimum wage. And your boss can kill you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; business; cities; culture; economics; race; 2004
|James H Kunstler dissects suburbia - TED.com|
In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; alternative energy; architecture; cars; cities; consumerism; culture; design; energy; shopping; transportation; 2004
|Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto - TED.com|
In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Featured; MacArthur grant; New York; activism; business; cities; environment; green; politics; pollution; TED2006; 2006
|David Macaulay's Rome Antics - TED.com|
David Macaulay relives the winding and sometimes surreal journey toward the completion of Rome Antics, his illustrated homage to the historic city.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; art; arts; book; cities; communication; culture; design; entertainment; humor; storytelling; 2002
|Robert Neuwirth on our "shadow cities" - TED.com|
Robert Neuwirth, author of "Shadow Cities," finds the world’s squatter sites -- where a billion people now make their homes -- to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; business; cities; culture; development; entrepreneur; future; global issues; politics; social change; third world; 2005
|David Rockwell builds at Ground Zero - TED.com|
In this emotionally charged conversation with journalist Kurt Andersen, designer David Rockwell discusses the process of building a viewing platform at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; New York; architecture; arts; cities; collaboration; culture; death; design; disaster relief; interview; memory; urban planning; 2002
|Alex Steffen sees a sustainable future - TED.com|
Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; business; cities; collaboration; culture; design; environment; global issues; invention; sustainability; technology; third world; urban planning; TEDGlobal 2005; 2005